Shamabhavi is a feminine look. You see with a soft gesture. You gaze in a mild manner. You observe without any effort. Shambhavi is an effortless look. It’s just like mother gazing at his child. There is love and tenderness in her looks.
Mahamudra is a great posture. Great posture means, just the posture is enough you to realize your higher self. You don’t need anything else, except the gaze and the posture. So it’s called Shambhavi Mahamudra.
Shambhavi Mahamudra is one of the techniques of meditation. You sit straight being comfortable in your position. Close your eyes, and gaze at everything that goes within you.
Remember the way of gazing.
You see but in a soft way. Your approach in meditation is feminine. No power, no effort is required. It’s an effortless act.
You see as if seeing is just happening. There is no effort on your part. You sit in meditation with a right posture and gaze. If you can manage to hold yourself in this position, things start to happen inside.
It requires nothing from your end. All it requires is your understanding of the technique. Once you understand, how to gaze while sitting straight in your position, things starts to happen on its own.
It’s called Shambhavi Mahamudra. All the world’s truth lies in it. It includes qualities of both masculine as well as feminine. Shambhavi is feminine. The way you gaze in meditation is feminine. You are soft. You are gentle, with your gaze, but when it comes to your position, you are masculine. You hold the strong position and you gaze mildly.
In the practice of meditation, your body becomes still. What’s important in meditation, is the way you observe. It’s the mind that observes. If you become rigid and stuff with your observation, rather opening yourself to life, you create more knots from inside.
Your spirit is already tied up to the body in a complex way, and more you make use of your body and mind, the more knots you create around your body.
The practice of Shambhavi Mahamudra Meditation is to untie the spirit from the body. You separate your spirit from the mind and body so the truth can be realized. It’s only with the separation, you see the absolute reality of life.
When your gaze is gentle during the practice of meditation, the spirit starts to untie around the body.
When you become an observer in meditation, you experience all the inner chaos on the surface. You see the movement of the breath in the body. You sense different sensations in the body. You see your feelings and emotions in the body. You see your thoughts and imagination flowing in your mind, but in the midst of everything that goes inside, you still remain an observer of everything.
In Shambhavi Mahamudra, magic happens while you gaze. Your role remains as an observer, and rest of the things happens on its own.
It takes a while to train the body and mind to stay at the same place for some time. The mind is so volatile, that it cannot hold itself even for a moment at one place, and when the mind is constantly wandering into different directions, it becomes impossible to keep the physical body still.
Shambhavi Mahamudra is a powerful technique to realize the truth. No matter what you do with your life, it’s important to stay with it, until the end. Sometimes, things work for you and sometimes they don’t, but if you stay with it, and hold onto yourself, you create space within you to move forward.
The same applies when you sit to practice Shambhavi Mahamudra meditation. Sometimes, the gaze will be fine, but sometimes you will be lost in the chaos of the mind. Throughout the whole process, always remember to stay with the process til the end.
That is the magic rule of life. If you really want something, stay til the end, no matter what, and you will certainly have, what you have desired for life.